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    I often get inspiration from Jaya Kishori Ji. In fact, she self-identifies as an inspirational orator, she sings bhajans at a level that is very spiritual, she is very popular on the internet, youtube, her own web, facebook, you name it. Sometimes when I am sort of down or sad, Jaya Kishori really lifts me up in terms of Hindu inspiration. She is a well known guru of her own right. I know, I should probably paste in some of her quotes and inspirations - and I will soon - but just mentioning her at this time if anyone would like to check her postings!

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    mahokṣaḥ khaṭvāṅgaṁ paraśurajinaṁ bhasma phaṇinaḥ
    kapālaṁ cetīyattava varada tantropakaraṇam |
    surāstāṁ tāmṛddhiṁ dadhati tu bhavadbhūpraṇihitāṁ
    na hi svātmārāmaṁ viṣayamṛgatṛṣṇā bhramayati || 8 ||
    O Giver of boons! A great bull, a wooden hand rest, an axe, a tiger skin,
    ashes, serpents, a human skull and other such things--these are all You
    own, though simply by casting Your eyes on gods You gave them great
    treasures which they enjoy. Indeed one whose delight is in the Self cannot
    be deluded by the mirage of sense objects.

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    The repetition of Rama is true Delight, it is the eternal Atma Delight, internal Atma Delight, Kundalini Grandeur Delight. Ruler of the Mind is Rama. Rama means Atma, that which governs the 10 Indriyas, 5 karmendriyas and 5 jnanendriyas is Rama.
    Ravana means the wicked qualities in us. Sita is chitta, laxman attention and thought control.
    Krsna is introspection, this introspection is the Eternal Atma Delight.
    Paramahamsa Nityananda

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    Shankaracharya - Nirguna Manasa Puja - Worship of the Attributeless Spirit
    Translated by Swami Yogananda Sarasvati

    The disciple said:
    1. In the indivisible Satchidananda whose nature is only unconditioned, and which is also the non-dual state, how is worship prescribed?

    2. Where is the invocation (avahana) of the Fullness, and the seat (asana) of the All-supporting How is there washing of the feet (padya), offering of water (arghya) and sipping (achamana) for the limpid and Pure One?

    3. How is there bathing (snana) for the Immaculate, and clothing (vasa) for the womb of the universe? How is there a sacred thread (upavita) for Him who is without lineage and caste?

    4. How is there sandal paste (gandha) for the Unattached, and flowers (pushpa) for the Odorless? What is the jewel (bhusha) of the Undifferentiated? What ornament (alamkara) for the Formless?

    5. What use of incense (dhupa) for the Spotless, or of lamps (dipa) for the Witness of everything? What is here the food-offering (naivedyam) for Him who is satiated only with His own bliss?

    6-7. How does one prepare betel (tambula) for the Rejoicer of the universe? He whose nature is self-luminous consciousness, that Illuminator of the sun and other stars, who is sung by `shrutis’, how is there for Him the light- waving ceremony (nirajana) What circumambulation (pradakshina) for the Infinite? What prostration (pranama) for the non-dual Reality?

    8. For Him who is unknowable by the words of the Vedas, what praise (stotra) is prescribed? How is there the ceremony of dismissal (udavasana) for Him who is established inside and outside?

    The Guru said:
    9. I worship the symbol of the Self (atmalinga) shining like a jewel and situated in the heart-lotus within the city of illusion, with the ablutions (abhisheka) of the unsullied mind from the river of faith, always, with the flowers of samadhi, for the sake of non-rebirth.

    10. `I am the One, the Ultimate’. Thus one should invoke (avahayet) Lord Siva. Then one should prepare the seat (asana) , that is thinking of the self-established Self.

    11. `I have no contact with the dust of virtue and sin.’ Thus should the wise one offer washing of the fet (padya), that is such knowledge destroying all sins.

    12. One should pour forth tha handful of water which is the root- ignorance held from time without beginning. This is verily the water- offering (arghya) of the symbol of the Self.

    13. `Indra and other beings drink only the tiny fraction of a drop from the waves of the bliss ocean of Brahman.’ That meditation is considered as the sipping (achamana).

    14. `All the worlds are bathed verily by the water of Brahma’s bliss which is indivisible.’ That meditation is the ablution (abhishechana) of the Self.

    15. `I am the light of Consciousness without any veil’. This thinking is the holy cloth (sad vastram) of the symbol of the Self. Thus should think the wise one.

    16. `I am the thread of the garland of all the worlds which are in the nature of the three gunas’. This conviction is verily considered here as the highest sacred thread (upavIta).

    17. `This manifold world mingled with numerous impressions is supported by me, and by no other’. This meditation is the sandal paste (chandana) of the Self.

    18. With the sesamum-flowers in the form of renunciation of the activity of sattva, rajas, and tamas, one should always worship (yajet) the symbol of the Self, for attaing liberation while living.

    19. With the non-dual Bel leaves devoid of the triple distinction between the Lord, the guru, and the Self, one should worship (yajet) Lord Siva that is symbol of the Self.

    20. One should think of His incense (dhupa) as the giving up of all impressions. The wise one should show the lamp (dipa) that is the realization of the luminous Self.

    21. The food-offering (naivedyam) of the symbol of the Self is the big rice pudding known as the egg-universe of Brahma. Do drink the sweet nectar of bliss that is the delightful beverage (upasechana) of Mrityu or Lord Siva.

    22. One should remember that cleansing the remnants of ignorance with the water of knowledge, is the washing of hands (hasta prakshalana) of the pure symbol of the Self.

    23. Giving up the use of the objects of passion, this is the chewing of betel (tambula) of Lord Siva, the supreme Self who is devoid of the attributes beginning with passion.

    24. Knowledge on one’s own nature of Brahman, most shining, and burning to destruction the darkness of ignorance, that is here the waving of lights (nirajana) of the Self. 25. The vision of the manifold Brahman is the ornament (alamkritam) with garlands. Then one should remember the vision of the all- blissful nature of the Self, as the handful of flowers. (pushpanjali).

    26. `Thousands of Brahma’s mundane eggs revolve in me, the Lord, whose nature is immovable and steady like a heap.’ This meditation is the circumambulation (pradakshina).

    27. `I am verily worthy of a universal salutation. Apart from my true Self, none is so worthy of salutation.’ This reflection is verily here the salutation (vandana) of the symbol of one’s own Self.

    28. The idea of the unreality of duties is termed as the saintly act (sat kriya) of the Self. Thinking of the Self as being beyond names and forms, this is the praise of his name (nama kirtana).

    29. The hearing (shravana) of that God is the thought of the unreality of things to be heard of. The reflection (manana) of the symbol of the Self is the thought of the unreality of things to be reflected on.

    30-31. Knowledge of the unreality of things to be contemplated upon, is the deep meditation (nididhyasana) of the Self. Devotedness to the Self by the absence of all delusion and distraction, is named the perfect steadiness (samadhi) of the Self; and not delusion of one whose mind rests on something else. This is called the eternal reposeof the mind (chitta vishranti) in Brahman itself.

    32-33. Thus performing till death or even for a moment this worship of the symbols of one’s own Self, which is expounded according to Vedanta, one who is well concentrated should give up the illusion of all bad impressions, as dust from the feet. Having shaken off the mass of ignorance and pain, one attains the bliss of liberation.

    Dance with Shiva - live with Shiva - merge with Shiva

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    I know, that I know nothing (latin - ipse se nihil scire id unum sciat)
    Dance with Shiva - live with Shiva - merge with Shiva

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    I have many . . Swami Vivekananda is of course an early one;

    Bhu Devi, mother earth is the great mother of all of us, she is wisdom and she is God,

    She is a very universal, for all cultures,

    Devi, mother Goddess, she is our mother and sustainer of the unvierses,

    Jagadamba, Maheshvari, every mother is She.

    Maha Vishnu and Maheshvara,

    I go to the Divine Names as my habit, these are always our way to path of peace, our knowledge, wisdom,

    and health, of our wishes all come from Nama Japa.

    All friends are our teacher, and they are good company. . .

    Especially when it's good company. . . .

    Wisdom from the Shastras,

    Teaching us to find saintly company -- this is the bestowing of all goodness, all merits; ...

    A moment with saintly company can save us and set us to peaceful paths. . . .

    Blessings of persons who are in peaceful praise of God always --

    This is beyond measure or comprehension;

    When we are able to open to this, then we can receive these.

    Also which shares us to re-dedicate ourselves to the right path,

    To the path of gaining knowledge, of learning about health,

    To serve others with all our hearts --

    To give with our hands and hearts;

    To find knowledge, ATma Gnana,

    and to be in company with persons of good nature..

    To learn and improve our discernment, to find the path which is best; to study which is best;. . . .

    Sri Guru Gita,

    Mother Sanskrit and Mother Cow, who are teachers for the mind and intellect, and health of body.

    ***** Kala ***** > ... Time, which is eternal; of which we have --. .

    -- . . . Time, which is necessary....

    To do practice,

    To practice meditation,

    To practice writing and all skills,

    To perfect our way of practice and growth;

    . . . . And again,

    as the last,

    I return to nature,

    Where we may reside in peace.

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